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Title: Faculty Minutes, 1799 [Containing the "Promissory Obligation of the Students to Obey the Laws"]: Electronic Edition.
Author: University of North Carolina (1793-1962). General Faculty
Funding from the University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill supported the electronic publication of this title.
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First Edition, 2005
Size of electronic edition: ca. 13K
Publisher: The University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
The electronic edition is a part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill digital library, Documenting the American South.
Languages used in the text: English
Revision history:
2005-12-10, Brian Dietz finished TEI/XML encoding.
Title of collection: Minutes of the General Faculty and of the Faculty Council (#40106), University Archives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title of document: Faculty Minutes, 1799 [Containing the "Promissory Obligation of the Students to Obey the Laws"]
Author: [University of North Carolina (1793-1962). General Faculty]
Description: 4 pages, 4 page images
Note: Call number 40106 (University Archives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Faculty Minutes, 1799 [Containing the "Promissory Obligation of the Students to Obey the Laws"]
University of North Carolina (1793-1962). General Faculty

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We, the students in the University of North Carolina, are well convinced of the importance of an Institution from which we are now deriving the benefits of Education; & of the great & various advantages that may be expected to redound there from, not only to ourselves but to our Country at large. —
We are satisfied that the important purpose for which the institution was formed cannot be expected — that the University itself can no longer exist — without a Government, whereby, order and regularity will be ensured: — without a due subordination observed by ourselves and reinforced by our Tutors.
This Government, we are aware, must necessarily be a government of sentiment; not of force. We consider with the most sensible anxiety that disgrace, which must consequently attach on ourselves, and stigmatize our character, should it be found, that we are destitute of the good sense to discern the nature, importance and absolute necessity of such a government: or that it should be believed that we are not possessed of that sentiment, — that sensibility to reproach & shame, on which alone an efficient Government, in an Institution of this kind, can be founded.
Not doubting but such disgrace & stigma must unavoidably blast our own reputations, sensibly distress and occasion the most painful anxieties in our parents and relations, and of consequence destroy our hopes of future tranquility. Should a dissolution of the institution be the consequence of our misconduct

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and a disregard of the principles of Government here stated, — We, therefore, engage and solemnly promise that we will observe order, regularity and subordination in the station we now occupy. that while we continue Students at this University, we will endeavour by every means in our power to promote the Welfare, ensure the tranquility and establish the respectability of the University. and, as the most probable means to attain these valuable objects, we will be subordinate to the rules and regulations of the College ourselves; will discountenance and discourage any contrary conduct; should such be unhappily evidenced, and we will exert ourselves to prevent and award any attempt, at disorganization, or which may be made to excite riotous or disorderly conduct. We promise to support our Tutors and Professors in the exercise of their respective duties, & will respect their authority. And in all cases of future complaint or dissatisfaction, when we consider them well founded, we will endeavour to have the same redressed and removed by a fair representation & respectful application, to the board of Trustees of the University; who alone have the right of Judging and determining, on the qualifications and conduct of the Officers of the University.

Thos G. Amis

George Thornton

Will. P. Hale

P. Pearson

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Archibald Lytle

Frank L Dancy

A L Osborne

Thos D. Bennehan

Jno Henderson

John London

Alex Martin Jun

Edward Collier

Henry Hill

Richd Hill

Jos. Gillispie

Len. B Williams

Willie Jones

George Phifer

Johnston Blakeley

Jno Somerwell

Jno D Hawkins


Nat Hunt

Spruce Osborne

Richd Caswell

H Davey

George West Jordan

Allen Green

Moses Locke

David S Outlaw

Chesley Daniel

Cary Whitaker

James Henderson

William Cherry

E Harvey

J Baker

Thomas King

Jos W. Hawkins

Wm H Murfree

R B Hilliard

[unrecovered] B. Duke

Wilson Lawyer

Wm Clarke

Thos Hunt

James Somerwell

Jeremiah Battle

W. Harvey

Thos H. Blount

Lewis Toomere

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Phillip Thornton

Wm Cain

John Branch

James Cain

J Blount

A. Torster

B. 2
Promissory obligations
of students to obey
the laws —